Upcoming Events

October 2019

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October 22, 2019, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Training on the use of HAS Loaner Telescopes has been rescheduled for October 22, 2019 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Training will start at 7:00 and run to 8:30 PM in a classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff. As you walk in to the Center, look at the room listing board to see which room this will be held in.

This will be a hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included in the training will be the nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included will be star charts and how to read them, Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and newtonian telescope collimation. If you wish to be attend the training please email HAS Loaner Scope Chairperson Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot. The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in the class.

Additionally, if requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. If this is desired please let Allen know in your email  requesting a spot in the training.

Allen Wilkerson
[email protected]

October 26, 2019, 3:00PM: HAS Member and Guest Picnic

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And Club Observing

Columbus Dark Site

Saturday Ocober 26, 2019

Clear or Cloudy

4:00 pm until ????

Come join the fun and hob nob with your fellow HAS members – eat BBQ and Stargaze – What could be better?

HAS will provide the BBQ meats, utensils, water & tea and all of the trimmings. You bring your favorite salad, sides and desserts to share.

RSVP by 10/18  to Field Trip and Observing Chair – Jim King

Jim King <[email protected]>

Please provide your name, number in your group, and the salad, side or desert you plan to bring and share.

Too cloudy to observe – come anyway! Enjoy the company and if there is no burn-ban we will have a bonfire!

November 01, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting room open at 6:00pm. Come join us for some social time before the Novice Meeting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

General Meeting: 7:15 PM
Andrzej Stewart – NASA Solar System Ambassador – Life in Simulated Space

Astronauts undertaking missions to deep space destinations like the Moon and Mars will face a number of challenges caused by the vast distances and durations involved in these journeys.  To study and prepare to meet these challenges, NASA is conducting a variety of space analog missions, which recreate aspects of life in space here on Earth.  Andrzej Stewart, who has served as a crewmember for simulated space missions in the HERA and HI-SEAS analogs, will talk about what life is like as part of an analog crew, as well as what life may be like for astronauts living on Mars in the future.

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Andrzej Stewart is an experienced spacecraft operator for a wide variety of NASA missions. He’s worked as a spacecraft mission controller for NASA’s Mars orbiter fleet, Juno, GRAIL, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. Andrzej now works in Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center, developing tracking and navigation operations for upcoming missions of the Orion spacecraft. He is also a 1st Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as an Assistant Aerospace Education Officer and Assistant Public Affairs Officer, and currently training as a SAR/DR Mission Pilot.

Andrzej earned degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and aspires to be a NASA astronaut. In pursuing that, he has served as the Flight Engineer of HERA C2M2, a two-week asteroid mission simulation at the Johnson Space Center, and as Chief Engineering Officer of HI-SEAS IV, a year-long Mars simulation in Hawaiʻi.



Novice Presentation – 6:30 pm. TBA

Meeting Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055

                  Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC

December 06, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Holiday Pot-Luck and Meeting - Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

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